Featured Hooker of the Month

June 2017
Meet Featured Member – Lisa Savino

Lisa Savino developed an appreciation of handwork from her mother who was “craft oriented” and did crewel work, counted cross stitch and needlepoint. She even had an aunt who sewed her wedding dress! “Working with my hands is in my blood,” she says. However, her introduction to traditional rug hooking came at the 2013 Hooked Rug Festival at Prallsville Mills.

Lisa Savino - June 2017 Featured Member

“I loved everything I saw,” Lisa recalls. The following year she signed up for the Beginner’s Workshop that Cherry Halliday conducted at the Guild’s Hunterdon County 300th Birthday Celebration. She was on her way. Initially Lisa felt intimidated because she did not have the basic equipment and was unsure as to where to find it. She attended our annual auction meeting and purchased a better frame.

Lisa found working with kits to be an easy way to get the supplies needed until she learned where to obtain patterns and wool.

She soon learned of the other hooking guilds in the area as well as the informal groups who meet locally. Lisa now belongs to three guilds – HCRAG, Alice Beatty and Lamb Yankees. Each one has been a valuable source of advice and information.

Lisa Savino - Chicken Mat

Hooking with #6 and #8 cuts has become her preferred approach although Lisa does not describe herself as a “primitive” rug hooker. “I am drawn to geometric patterns rather than typical ‘primitive’ motifs. Right now, I feel like a sponge with all the learning experiences available to me. I forced myself out of my comfort zone and learned to create Michele Micarelli’s pouch at her recent HCRAG program.” She also took the felting class that Jeannine Happe (Two Old Crows) conducted at the Alice Beatty ATHA Chapter. “I have learned from all of them and especially from guild members.” Lisa is signed up to work with Cammie Bruce at our 2017 Rug School and will be going to Cape May in September.

Lisa Savino - Purse

While the kits she initially purchased included new wool, Lisa likes the recycling aspect of working with wool from old clothing. “It just feels like the natural way to go,” she observes. Lisa is saving skirt linings and plans to use them for her first foray into dyeing wool for her projects. She also plans to use the marbleizing techniques shared by Jan and Fred Cole at an earlier HCRAG program. Lisa has worked mostly with commercial patterns up to now, but she plans to design more of her own patterns. A recently completed geometric rug is her design. Much of Lisa’s hooking is done at guild meetings and the informal hooking groups to which she belongs. She also enjoys hooking at night while watching TV.

Lisa Savino - Owl Mat

In addition to rug hooking, Lisa is an active basket weaver which she learned from classes sponsored by the Hunterdon Parks and Recreational Department. The 25-30 baskets completed so far are proudly displayed in her home. Lisa also volunteers for Habitat for Humanity and at the Anderson Home – a shelter for women with alcohol and drug addiction issues.

Lisa retired in 2012 after serving as a global purchasing manager for a consumer products company. Her husband, Pat, was in retail sales before retiring. They live in Whitehouse Station, NJ.

As Lisa looks at her nascent rug hooking journey, she observes that “hooking has a special appeal to me because I like working with color and fabric and seeing what the rug looks like when it is finished. They look like artwork.” Well said!

Lisa also appreciates the opportunity that rug hooking provides for multiple approaches and different styles. She recalls that Kathy Kane was in the same Beginner’s Workshop at the 2013 Festival. “Kathy’s funky style is a so different than my more traditional approach. The great thing about rug hooking is that it allows all of us to be creative in our own way.”

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